I really love these books! They are a sweet, warm, and funny respite in my hectic day and always leave me feeling happy.
This book was fascinating in its believable characters, fascinating villains, and just enough real history to make it all plausible.
I look forward to the next in the series.
The entire Mary O'Reilly paranormal mystery series is well worth listening to. Figuring out the villain and their twisted motivations is delicious, while the heroes and heroines are all people you would want to know. In today's day and age, it is so refreshing to hear stories without a lot of gratuitous sex, vulgarity, and unnecessary violence that are STILL supremely entertaining.
Cannot tell you my favorite scene without serious spoilers, but it is toward the climax of the story and I imagine it will be MOST PEOPLE'S favorite "Y...E...S..!!!" Moment.
The moving parts are always when apologies are made and forgiveness extended, because all of the main characters are people you would LOVE TO KNOW.
I am only reviewing this one book, but so far the entire series has been terrific. Much praises to Ms. Reid's storytelling abilities.
The entire series is so very charming! It is lovely entertainment while running errands, doing housework, etc.
There are several series right now with a similar flavor, mostly under steampunk urban fantasy, but they all have their own unique spins that make them not QUITE comparable. They should be enjoyed in their own rights: the Parasol Protectorate Series, the Shelly Adina "A Lady of...." Series, and a few other
Sweet, Clever, And Engaging
I have found this book and others in the series so far to be amazingly entertaining to listen to and read. The story is a gentle tale of discovery and a quiet moment amongst some of the faster paced stories I enjoy in the Urban Fantasy genre. The story's pace makes it one of a kind and unique without direct comparison at this time.
The "narrator" in audiobooks is more of a voice-only actor than a mere copy reader. A good story teller makes or breaks an audiobook. Ms. Pardee nails it. Her voice timbre and ability to play each character makes the story believable and makes it easier to fall in love with these particular characters.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this series, which, ironically, made the stories all the more appealing to me. They were a respite, a calm island in the midst of danger-filled, fast-paced, nail-biting stories I otherwise prefer.
These Modern Witch books tell a lovely, heart-warming story that makes me wish this universe were real and that these characters were people I knew.
I absolutely love how she ties all her characters and their various professions into cohesive yet unique stories. The stories just keep getting better and better and you end up caring deeply about the characters. More audible books please!
This book in the series had some amazing plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. Luke Daniels is my absolute FAVORITE male narrator-his other series "the Iron Druid" is also amazing! I think his range of characters is amazing!
Torchwood for Torchwood fans. A fast-paced story that reads like watching an episode, including snarky commentary and sexual tensions. Who better to write Jack than John and Carole Barrowman? I would recommend this book to my friends who are followers of the series as a quick fix for withdrawals from one of the cleverest shows on television.
Without giving too much away, my favorite scene was with Gwen and Anwen in the grocery store... Because WHO HASN'T BEEN in that predicament? And now times 1,000!
Daniel Pirrie's performance was excellent. The only way the performance piece would have been improved is for John Barrowman to do it, but I understand that is completely unfair to Mr. Pirrie, who did a fantastic job that even hardcore fans like me can appreciate. Besides, he very competently switched between multiple characters, and, who knows, he may have been better at it than even Mr. Barrowman (blasphemy, I know)!
I would have loved to just listen on and on, but I save my audiobooks for drive time and ironically grocery shopping. I used the Whispersync feature offered by Amazon and Audible, which allowed me to switch between listening and reading. I ultimately DID finish both book and audio in a few days.
For anyone who loves to read and finds it hard to secure time to do so, in general, I have to recommend the whispersync feature all the way! Often, the combination of book and audio narration costs little more than purchasing only one separately, so why not? I think authors and performers should be well compensated for their efforts because they bring so much entertainment and value through their endeavors.
For fans of the show Castle, this a little puzzle piece that can be enjoyed on the go
I love these two performers. The two-narrator concept is fantastic for large epics with strong male and female characters.
Brandon Sanderson had the shoes of a giant to fill when finishing a masterwork of Robert Jordan...lots of hardcore fans to please and I think he did so brilliantly!
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